In Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Araca Group's all-new unplugged summer concert series, two different songwriters will share songs-in-progress followed by audience talk backs after each performance. More…
July 27 – Michael R. Jackson and Niko Tsakalakos
July 28 – Paul Scott Goodman and Celisse Henderson
August 2 – Eisa Davis and Zoe Sarnak
August 3 – Grace McLean and Max Vernon
August 4 – Ryan Kattner and Diana Oh
*All artists subject to change.
See it if you want to see charming/laid-back explanation/presentation of unknown songs; some songs revelations, other should remain unknown
Don't see it if /since quality of performance depends on the performance chops of songwriters/some fine performers, others should leave performing to pros
See it if you're interested in up-and-coming voices in musical theater.
Don't see it if you're expecting a super polished presentation. The whole night had a super casual vibe.
See it if You want to hear very new music by very talented singer/songwriters. You're interested in the music creation process.
Don't see it if You want to hear more well-known music. You're not interested in the creation process of music.
See it if original music sung by edgy composers;to feel the emotions written into each song;happy&sad; Diana Oh an LGBTQ minority icon & Ryan Kattner
Don't see it if You expect traditional music sung in a cabaret by bejeweled singers backed by an elaborate set; Do not like bare bones raw emotions
See it if You're into hearing up & coming singer/songwriters performing some of their new works & discussing their creative process at the talk-back.
Don't see it if You're not into unpolished & on the night I saw it, idiosyncratic (& interesting) performances.
See it if Hipster cabaret like a bare bones Joe's Pub without the tables is your thing.
Don't see it if you're expecting a theatrical presentation instead of smart sassy songs.
See it if you want to feel like a New York insider, want to be part of the creative songwriting process & love musical theater
Don't see it if you prefer your theater planned, structured and predictable, with a plot and actors. This is a musical theater workshop -- with drinks!
See it if up like live music in intimate venues, a chance to chat with musicians afterwards, interest in seeing quirky new acts
Don't see it if you're looking for a play or musical. These are small concerts featuring 2 performers, 1 hour each with a talkback after.
See it if Great opportunity for the public to see the songwriters stripped down. New work, simply presented, let's the music and lyrics fly. Well done
Don't see it if You'd rather go for anything full out or plot driven. But still, strong change of pace, opportunity for real feedback. Nice refreshments.
See it if You're interested in the music creation process. It's not a play, but a look into the songs for a new play are developed.
Don't see it if You want a play or a story. It is more like a cabaret performance.
See it if you enjoy composers performing their songs. I saw Grace McLean & Max Vernon & thought they were both wonderful performers and musicians.
Don't see it if you want to see a full length work. But each song was wonderful.
See it if you love seeing "works in progress" by upcoming theater writers / singer-songwriters, in a very informal unplugged setting
Don't see it if you only want to see polished ready-for-the-world works or are not interested in seeing how the sausage is made...
See it if You enjoy original music performed by witty and interesting writers. Loved loved loved Diana Ho!
Don't see it if You need to hear music that's on some top ten list or you're expecting a traditional Broadway show. This is purely musical performances.
See it if you'd like to see how composers of musicals create new materials.
Don't see it if you don't like seeing work in progress or you expect a staged show.
See it if you like to hear talented singer-songwriters play and discuss their work.
Don't see it if you are looking for a show with notable production value.
See it if You enjoy listening to the creative process and hearing from the author/song writer about the process. Informative and unique.
Don't see it if You are expecting a finished production. This was about the process--working through the music and, finding the lyrics that carry a story.
See it if you are a fan of new musical theater, you like getting the inside scoop on new art
Don't see it if you want to see a show and not an open mic, you like seeing things you already know something about
See it if you want-insight/masterclass on songwriting/creative process-an enlightening talkback with open accessible artists-minimalist staging
Don't see it if you want-a polished/finished production-a band/orchestral presentation. This is an exploration of an artist and their work in progress.
See it if you can! Wonderful series that allows you to hear new musical theater material in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if you're expecting to see a finished show. This is more like being in the rehearsal room.
See it if You are open to new ideas and love music. Acoustic performances the night I went were great. Q&A afterwards was fantastic
Don't see it if You want a play or a story. This is a music performance
See it if you'd like a relaxing evening of new and upcoming music. Very enjoyable, very personable, lovely evening.
Don't see it if you're looking for anything grand. This was very much a workshop atmosphere. Don't expect a fully-produced, fully-plugged in show.